New editor’s letter at Girls in Capes for November’s Epic Issue!

I’ve got a new Editor’s Letter up at Girls in Capes!

This month’s letter addresses something that bothers me about Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey:

But alas: like many literary structures, the different stages of Campbell’s monomyth — summarized here on Wikipedia — has some of the gendered earmarks of its time.  Written in 1949, the work draws on fantasy work and mythology that simply doesn’t give complexity to female characters, in particular subscribing to the ancient (and exhausted) archetypes of the Madonna and the Whore.

Read more over at Girls in Capes!

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October 2015 Studio Calico Stationery Kit Review

We’re entering the second month of Studio Calico’s Stationery Kit. While I did receive a September kit, I wanted to receive my second kit first just to see if it’s consistent.


7 folded cards with envelopes
3 lunchbox notes
3 white embossed gift tags
Blockwallah wooden stamp
Mini tape dispenser
Veneer coffee cup with twine

Read the rest of my review after the jump!

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Madeleine Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES, at Main Point Books tonight!

achillesMadeleine Miller, author of THE SONG OF ACHILLES, will be at Main Point Books in Bryn Mawr, PA tonight for the 7 p.m. meeting of the Fiction Book Group.

Miller’s debut is a retelling of Homer’s The Illiad from the point of view of Patroclus.

Achilles, “the best of all the Greeks,” son of the cruel sea goddess Thetis and the legendary king Peleus, is strong, swift, and beautiful irresistible to all who meet him. Patroclus is an awkward young prince, exiled from his homeland after an act of shocking violence. Brought together by chance, they forge an inseparable bond, despite risking the gods’ wrath.

They are trained by the centaur Chiron in the arts of war and medicine, but when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, all the heroes of Greece are called upon to lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows. Little do they know that the cruel Fates will test them both as never before and demand a terrible sacrifice.

The book group is open to the public.

Learn more about Main Point Books or check out their calendar! Next week, the Science Fiction Book Group discusses SAGA, VOL. 1 and the Girls in Capes Book Club discusses THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS by M.R. Carey.

Blank cards from September 2015 Studio Calico Stationery Kit

[GALLERY] September 2015 Studio Calico Stationery Kit

It’s time for the October Studio Calico Stationery Kit, but I realized I never posted about the September kit! Check out some of the stuff from last month’s kit.


New Editor’s Letter at Girls in Capes – The Second Problematic Favorite Issue

I’m a few days late, but check out my newest Editor’s Letter for the October issue at Girls in Capes: The Second Problematic Favorite Issue.

My preferences in fiction and fact are incredibly far apart, but that’s one reason to look at my preferences in fiction even more closely.  What exactly do I like so much about characters like Kouga and Gaston, anyway? Why do I keep feeding a monster of misogyny in entertainment?

Find out more about my favorite problematic male characters at Girls in Capes.


New review at Girls in Capes: Puella Magi Suzune Magica, vol. 1

Magica Quartet_Suzune Magica_1I’m really excited about this series!

Puella Magi Suzune Magica is a story of a magical girl assassin set in the world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a magical girl anime that aired in 2011. The titular character of the spinoff is a “magical girl” assassin in both senses of the phrase: she’s a magical girl who assassinates people as well as someone who assassinates other magical girls.

But Suzune isn’t necessarily the protagonist of the spinoff: the more important POV characters are Arisa and Matsuri, two middle-school girls who are part of a larger group of magical girls. And with the plot being what it is, I’m sure you can see where the conflict of the manga is going.

Check it out now!


New manga review at Girls in Capes: LOVE AT FOURTEEN, Vol. 4

Mizutani_LoveAtFourteen_V4_FINALCheck out my latest manga review at Girls in Capes!

Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are very grown-up for middle schoolers. Between Kanata’s womanly grace and Kazuki’s sophisticated manliness, the rest of Class 2-B is awed – and a little intimidated – by their maturity, seriousness, and good grades.

But Kanata and Kazuki really don’t feel mature at all, and they meet secretly to goof off and blow off steam – but during their second year of middle school, their friendship starts to change into something else entirely.

Check out the full review here.